Arsenal want to make England under-21 international defender Ezri Konsa one of their January signings after the 21 year-old impressed club scouts, it’s reported.
Konsa, who was an unused substitute when England beat Venezuela to lift the U20 World Cup in 2017, joined Brentford in a £2.85m deal from Charlton in the summer and has been a near ever-present for the Bees in the Championship.
The London-born central defender is a flexible operator, having been deployed at full-back and in midfield by both Brentford and Charlton, and would fit the bill at the Emirates as the club prioritise the signing of young English talent.
Konsa is London-born, having being raised and schooled in Newham, and a chance to move to one of the capital’s premier clubs would likely appeal.
He would cost around £15million, reports The Sun .
The defender scored his first goal at international level when he netted against Andorra in an under-21 European Championship qualifier in October.
At the other end of the pitch, Arsenal are keen to bring young Belgian winger Leandro Trossard to the Emirates from Genk. The wide-man has netted 15 goals in 18 games this season for his club.
The player’s agent Josy Comhair confirmed to Belgian outlet Sporza that there has been contact with the club over Trossard.
“I contacted representatives from Arsenal and Tottenham,” Comhair said.
“At Spurs, nobody wanted to confirm that Trossard is an option, but Arsenal did. They told me Leandro has a very interesting profile for them and that they’ve been following him since August.
“They also added it was a good choice to stay at Genk for another year. They ended the phone call with ‘They are keeping a close eye on him’.”
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